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Smith heard Raiders talk

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San Jose Mercury colleagues Dan Brown and Tim Kawakami contributed to an interview with 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (along with the Sac Bee’s Matt Barrows) Wednesday and almost none of it is of any interest to those who follow the Raiders except this line:

Q: I hear the team across the Bay might have been interested. Did you hear that at all?

Smith: “I did hear that a little bit. I guess there were a lot of rumors and different things swirling out there and you try to take it all in, what is the truth, what isn’t and just go from there.

It was difficult, though, because it’s all kind of hearsay. It happened very quick. And at the same time, hit it off with coach Harbaugh and his staff, so… ”

Hardly definitive. Perhaps untrue.

I talked with a Raiders scout one day about Smith a couple of years back and his assessment at the time made it seem unlikely that the quarterback was Al Davis material. He said Smith seldom threw outside the hash marks in the shotgun Utah offense and that his arm strength was suspect for that reason.

The scout thought Smith could very well be a successful NFL quarterback, if not a star, if put in the right system under an extremely regimented coach. The name Jon Gruden was floated as someone who might make Smith a viable quarterback.

Smith has agents, however, and he wasn’t hearing these rumors about the Raiders interested in the media to my knowledge. Although the Internet gives way to unlimited speculation, I can’t say I’d hard much about Alex Smith coming to Oakland.

But my philosophy for a long time now has been not to discount anything (probably since I shrugged off the Randy Moss-to-the-Raiders story by Profootballtalk.com as ridiculous) so let’s assume for a moment the Raiders had some level of interest in Smith.

And keep in mind CNN-SI’s Peter King spent time in the 49ers draft room and reported Trent Baalke was convinced the Raiders were poised to take Colin Kaepernick unless they moved up to get him first.

Add to it the fact that Campbell, before the lockout, was not offered a contract extension. He’s entering the final year of his contract.

Maybe the Raiders were interested in Smith, maybe not.

Hue Jackson has done a masterful job of making it public that Campbell is the Raiders quarterback this year. But any good organization is looking at options for the future if it doesn’t work out, and Kyle Boller isn’t going to be the answer a year from now if Campbell doesn’t seize the moment.

As fast as Jackson got on the Campbell bandwagon, he’ll jump off if he thinks he’s got a better option to win in the short window allowed Raiders’ head coaches.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Why chuck a bunch a passes downfield with no results costing the team??
    ———————————
    Hell, I bet at least a 100,000 Raider fans have been asking that question since the 1990’s. Dude, you are totally tone deeef.

    Willie Gault
    James Jett
    Alexander Wright
    Rocket Ismail

  • Priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Why chuck a bunch a passes downfield with no results costing the team??
    ———————————
    Hell, I bet at least a 100,000 Raider fans have been asking that question since the 1990’s. Dude, you are totally tone deeef.

    Willie Gault
    James Jett
    Alexander Wright
    Rocket Ismail
    Darrius Heyward Bey

  • Priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Why chuck a bunch a passes downfield with no results costing the team??

    …………

    “a lot of people say, take what the defense gives you. That sounds nice. But we’re going to stretch the field. We’re going to strike on first down, whenever we want. When teams play the raidaahs, they know we’re going to throw deep, any down”

    Who said that, priest?

  • guest123

    priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    Murphy’s drops and DHB’s inconsistent route running is why you don’t see the deep ball as often. When those guys start making plays you’ll see Camp get them the ball. I think that is the reason he had all 3 WR’s at his house for acouple of weeks he wants to get that fixed but it doesn’t happen just because you wnat it to. They have to be reliable once they have that then you’ll see the full complement of the offense.

    ————

    Now close your eyes and imagine we actually had an average NFL WR corp. The things that JCamp could do with those pretty deep throws. Now open your eyes.

  • big oak boy

    this is a shocker a lot of agreeing but its a good shock

  • Just Fire Baby

    Well, in the biggest game of the season, The G-men D-line of Strahan, Tuck and Co. made that offense look very average. They shut em down.

    The old saying is pressure bursts pipes.

    **********************************

    Buck,

    This is why I always devalue O-lines and their value.

    You can have a great O-line, but a great D-line will stay have their way with them.

    D-line = #2 most important position after QB

  • Priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Why chuck a bunch a passes downfield with no results costing the team??

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Words that cost Mike Shannahan, Jon Gruden, and Lane Kiffin their jobs with the Raiders.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Throwing deep passes to DHB = bad decision making from the QB

    He ain’t the only one out in the route, but he is probably the only one who won’t catch it.

  • RAIDER Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 1:03 pm
    Priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Why chuck a bunch a passes downfield with no results costing the team??

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Words that cost Mike Shannahan, Jon Gruden, and Lane Kiffin their jobs with the Raiders.
    ——————————————
    Unbelievable!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Raiders best down the field threat???

    Reece split out wide on a LB

  • J Hill

    How many drops did DHB have last year?

  • Plaxico gets out of the greybar hotel on Monday. Does Al send a car to pick him up? (if no lock out.)

  • Silverandblack666

    Mike Shannahan was let go because he tried to instill discipline. He wanted to fine players for showing up late to meetings and sitting on their helmets during practice etc.

    No way Al is going to let that happen so he was shown the door.

  • priesttj

    JFB have you ever noticed when Murphy drops ’em? And Ford also has a few…….but Murphy dropped probably twice as many as DHB he had far many more passes thrown his way.

    It’s rhetorical……

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I’d be happy with 20 completions that travel more than 15 yards in the air ALL SEASON.

    Increasing the number of completions isn’t enough.

    JaJason doesn’t get the ball downfield.

    Some of that is due to poor protection. Some of that may be due to the WR corps.

    But most of that is on JaJason.

    JaJason realizes throwing intermediate and deep routes is not his forte. He’d rather check down on 3rd and 12 for a gain of 6, than risk a pick by attempting to go for the first down.

    That’s his game. He’s managed to survive 6 years in the NFL with it.

    A man’s got to know his limitations. JaJason knows his.

    Problem is, JaJason’s limitations will prevent Raids from having a dynamic passing game.

    JaJason at his best = competent game management.

    Expect anything more and you’re going to be disappointed.

  • big oak boy

    Now close your eyes and imagine we actually had an average NFL WR corp. so we need that one wr to take us places big or small

  • Just Fire Baby

    DHB in the Jax game, was uncovered 50 yards down the field, Soup hit him in stride, and a complete whiff by DHB.

    If the defense realizes that there is no need to cover him because he won’t catch it, shouldn’t the QB realize this also and not throw it to him?

  • Just Fire Baby

    priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 1:09 pm
    JFB have you ever noticed when Murphy drops ‘em?

    **********************************

    I have, but at least he has caught as many TD’s (including clutch 4th quarter, game-winning ones) as he has had awful drops.

    DHB……not so much. A bunch of drops and two meaningless garbage-time TD’s in two years.

  • Priesttj Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Why chuck a bunch a passes downfield with no results costing the team??
    ———————————
    Hell, I bet at least a 100,000 Raider fans have been asking that question since the 1990’s. Dude, are totally tone deeef.

    Willie Gault
    James Jett
    Alexander Wright
    Rocket Ismail
    Darrius Heyward Bey

  • J Hill

    6 catches against the Rams, 3 against Az, 5 against Seattle, 4 against Indy.

    I think the issue for DHB he really doesn’ seem to be a part of the gameplan.

  • Bigsolja

    Maybe they were talking about DE Justin Smith. That boy is a savage! J Smith and Seymour on the ends would be a nightmare and a force to be reckoned with!